Bulldogs’ efforts thwarted during Jamboree game

Bulldogs efforts thwarted during Jamboree game

Senior running back Garrius Chappell runs for ten yards with three defenders attempting to tackle him during the spring Jamboree game.

Taylor Burr, Sports Writer

    The Montevallo Football team kicked off their season in a different type of jamboree game.  Montevallo hosted two teams to come and play one half with each team.  Verbena High and Autaugaville were the Bulldogs opponents.  The three teams played one half of football. 
    “It was a different kind of experience for us,” said junior Chris Smith.  “I had never played a tri-double football game before.”
    The Bulldogs played Autaugaville in the first game.  A tight first quarter, led to an even tighter second quarter.  The Bulldogs matched Autaugaville’s lone touchdown, despite key injuries to seniors Trey Colley and Zack Smith.
    “The injuries to those two guys really hurt us,” said senior R.J. Scaife, “but we pulled ourselves together and put together a couple of great drives.”
    Scaife, who was also sitting out the game, had high expectations for his boys.
    The Bulldogs lost the half played to Autaugaville on a last second effort to throw the ball up into the end zone before the half.  A miraculous catch gave Autaugaville the lead 14 to 7. 
    With another half of football to play, the Bulldogs headed to the locker room to prepare for the Verbena Red Devils.  The Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on its second drive of the half, evening the score seven to seven.
    “Our guys weren’t laying down, which made me proud,” said Smith.  “The guys who stepped in to fill mine and Trey’s shoes did a great job.”
    Despite a long half of fighting, tackling and more hitting, the Bulldogs fell to the Red Devils 21 to 7. 
    “That wasn’t the way that we wanted to start out our season,” said head coach Jamie Williams, “but it really shows what a great group of dedicated kids we have to come out here and fight, especially after two of our key players went down on back-to-back plays.  I am extremely proud of the way we fought, but we have a lot to work on.”